Bowden, Rumph Visit Top RB

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden and assistant coach Chris Rumph visited one of the top running backs on Clemson's board last week. CUTigers.com has all the details on the visit, his latest offers and more in this recruiting update.

RB Brandon Barnes Profile

College coaches have filled the halls at Bunn High (N.C.) the last few weeks to see one of the top running backs in the southeast in Brandon Barnes.

"Clemson came by last week," Barnes told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "Coach Rumph and coach Bowden came. Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn have also come. Today Michigan and Tennessee came by the school."

The nation's top programs continue to offer the prize recruit.

"I haven't kept up with it to be honest," he said. "I have about 20 or 25 now. The latest to offer were Oklahoma, Southern California, Tennessee and Maryland."

When asked about his current favorites, Barnes responded, "It is hard to say now. Every college that is recruiting me is a pretty good school. I'm basically wide open right now.

"I will narrow it down some during the season next fall."

Which schools are recruiting the North Carolina standout the hardest right now?

"I would say Auburn, Clemson and State," replied Barnes.

What will be most important to Barnes when he selects a school later this year?

"I am going to try to find a coaching staff that I really like. I want to have a good relationship with my recruiting coach and my position coach. I will look at the academics and see if they have my major. I want to major in Computer Technology or Computer Engineering. I will also look at the whole environment at the school," replied Barnes.

"I will probably wait until towards the end of the season. I am not sure yet. We will have to see what happens," he added.

Barnes also said he will probably skip summer camps, but plans to make several visits this summer.

"I might go to Florida in June. I don't have any others planned yet, but I'm sure I will take some others."

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